When you’re dealing with other people’s dietary restrictions, you know you need to be respectful, courteous, and open to lifestyles and diets that are different than your own. At the same time, one can’t help but be curious as to what other people are dining on and enjoying — it’s like watching a really scrumptious looking dish pass you by at a restaurant, and wanting to know what that was.

Our international grocery store can provide some insight as to different diet types, to satiate your curiosity (and maybe inspire you for some new recipes as well). Find the information you’re looking for, and stop by our international grocery store in Calgary today!

Religion

Lots of religions have various foods that don’t adhere to their beliefs, and are therefore not consumed. These foods might be considered dirty or impure, or they might be considered holy and, as a result, should also not be eaten.

Halal

As a halal grocery store, we’ve talked about some of these restrictions in the past, but foods that are haram or forbidden are:

  • Alcohol
  • Lard or animal shortening
  • Pork
  • Animals that eat other animals

Additionally, meat needs to be prepared a certain way in order to be considered halal.

Kosher

The Torah states that certain meats are forbidden from being consumed — as Kosher Certification states, “the only types of meat that may be eaten are cattle and game that have ‘cloven hooves’ and ‘chew the cud’,” meaning that pork cannot be eaten. Additionally, eating kosher meats mean that they need to be prepared in a ritualistic manner (similar to eating halal).

Lacto-vegetarianism

A lacto-vegetarian diet is followed by many people who practice Hinduism. Since cows are considered to be sacred, beef is not consumed, but milk products are permissible. Additionally, many Hindus practicing this diet do not consume meat, but given India’s access to water, seafood is often incorporated into meals (depending on the region).

In our next blog, we’ll take a look at some other dietary lifestyle choices and restrictions, such as people who base their diet off of ethics and those who deal with food allergies. No matter what a person abstains from eating or why, learning about their choices and respecting them is a cultural way that we can close the doors on preconceived notions and misunderstandings. Food is meant to bring people together — even when food choices differ, the same mantra remains. Stay tuned for our next blog, and stop by our international grocery store for incredible ingredients you simply can’t find elsewhere!